Mutawintji National Park, Broken Hill
People from far-western NSW began visiting Mutawintji recreationally to camp, swim and primarily to show visiting family/friends the Aboriginal rock-art. In 1927 it was declared a Reserve and a Management Committee was put in place. In 1967 the National Parks & Wildlife Act. came into being and the area became officially known as an Historic Site. In 1982 two adjoining sheep stations were added to the existing Historic Site to become Mootwingee National Park. In 1983, local Aboriginal people blockaded the entrance to the National Park demading greater input into its management. After 15 years the entire National Park and the adjoining Nature Reserve were handed back to the Aboriginal Owners. On the 5th September, 1998, NSW Premier Bob Carr formally handed over the Title Deeds to (Uncle) William Bates, then Chairman, of the Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council. Since then, the Park has operated under a system known as Joint Management, with William Bates being the inaugural, and current, Chairman of the Mutawintji National Park Board of Management (MNP BoM). Currently, the Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC) Board of Management (MLALC BoM) is in the process of reviving its tourism enterprise, Mutawintji Heritage Tours. Watch this page for further updates (24/2/16)Before you head to Broken Hill, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Broken Hill travel route planner , to make sure you see all that Broken Hill has to offer, including Mutawintji National Park.
Mutawintji National Park Reviews
Tried to get there and planned to go the back way to white cliffs but unfortunately rain stopped us. we travelled quite some way in but to go all the way would have left us chopping up the road so tho... more »
Came here in a group of 5 (3 adults and 2 kids - each 7 years old). Unfortunately, our visit coincided with a heatwave (mid-40s degrees C) and a drought, which meant that the park was severely parched... more »
Do not bother visiting this park. The map describes it as the best Aboriginal art in NSW. You drive 130km from Broken Hill only to find a locked gate. The sign on the gate says 'No entry without a ranger guide'. You will not find a ranger guide in the park and there's no phone number. A complete waste of time and money. There are many other better art sites so, whatever you do, do not visit this park.
This park is full of surprises. The first one was ants in the campground, it is impossible to escape them but it was worth the stay. We visited the 2 publicly accessible gorges and there is a 3rd you need to pay to go into. Mutawintji Gorge was a surprise as it was much more impressive than I expected which was another surprise. There are largish bodies of water in it but don't expect to go swimming as the gorge is full of goats including lots of dead ones, some in the water. So it is really pretty but smells like a wet goat. The other gorge we visited was up Homestead Creek. There was some Indigenous art early in the walk which some moron has graffitied over. The walk up the creek after that is truly well worth the effort as is the climb up the Rockholes Loop. This was another pleasant surprise that was much better than I was expecting with great views of a pretty area. Unlike most National Parks I have been to you will struggle to find a Ranger and the Ranger Station at the entrance looks more like an abandoned building than a Ranger Station so get you information before you go because there will most likely be nothing there. Some people did find a way to book a visit into the closed area so I guess the Ranger must show up sometimes.
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